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Burley joins Q-bot as new technology chief

by Mark Cantrell
A company that uses robotics and AI to insulate people's homes has appointed a new chief technology officer.

A company that uses robotics and AI to insulate people’s homes has appointed a new chief technology officer.

John Burley, who has joined Q-bot from CMR Surgical, has spanned surgical robotics, satellite control, and strategic consultancy over the course of his career.

In his new role with the London-headquartered business, he will lead the further advancement of Q-bot’s use of robotics, digital technology, and AI in the retrofit and construction sectors.

Burley brings extensive technical and operational leadership experience. He spent five years at CMR Surgical, one of the UK’s fastest growing medical device start-ups.

At CMR, he helped the company to bring Versius, their robotic surgical system, into operating theatres around the world. He set up and developed their field service capabilities, technical support, service training, and robotic repair centres in UK and India.

He also sits on WBR Field Service advisory board and speaks publicly about field service leveraging digital technology.

Burley said: “It’s super-exciting to have joined Q-Bot. It’s a fast-growing robotics innovator with a track record of over 10 years in reducing carbon emissions, and crucially making homes warmer and cheaper to run.

“The opportunity to use my robotics experience with a company in the growing clean/climate tech sector and with an ambition to revolutionise the retrofit and construction industries with robotics, digital tools, and AI were two key reasons for my choosing to join Q-Bot.”

According to Q-bot, his experience at CMR Surgical will be “especially valuable” as it develops and expands the use of robotics within the retrofit and building sector.

After CMR, Burley moved into the sustainability ‘cleantech’ space through a series of consultancy engagements, including work on the autonomous robotic assembly of a space-based solar power station with Space Solar in Harwell.

He has also worked at Airbus and Inmarsat (ViaSat), managing spacecraft operations from launch to end-of-life, maintaining them and recovering them from emergencies.

Professor Peter Childs FREng, chair and co-founder of Q-Bot (and founding head of the Dyson School of Design Engineering at Imperial College, London) said: “We are delighted that John has joined Q-Bot. His extensive experience of robotics and technology transfer – both in the medical and space sectors – will be hugely valuable as we further develop our technology for home insulation and in time building inspections.

“By using our specialist robots, we are accelerating the insulation of people’s homes, helping households reduce their energy bills, improving a home’s air quality and reducing a property’s carbon emissions.”

With Burley’s arrival at Q-Bot, Tom Lipinski, who co-founded the company with Childs and had been chief technology officer, is now the company’s chief scientific officer.

Main image: John Burley, chief technology officer, Q-bot


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